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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Year of the Rat

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Rat) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Rat) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2008
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1056
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Lunar Year of the Rat

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2008
1 DOLLAR

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

Rat with authentic chinese symbols all in a symetrical design

Lettering:
2008
YEAR OF THE RAT

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.

Edge

7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Rat) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

In 2008 the Royal Australian Mint continued with the second release in an ongoing series of NCLT one dollar coins depicting each lunar year and their representative animals. The coin was issued in a tall coincard.



2008 marks the year of the Brown Earth Rat which begins on February 4th 2008, the first day of the solar month in the Chinese Lunar calendar. Those born in 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936 or 1924 were also born into the year of the rat.

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle, each year being represented by an animal. People born in the "Year of the Rat" are sensitive, imaginative and charming. they are generous to their loved ones, but can be quick-tempered.

Interestingly this is the only coin in the series that does not have an actual Chinese Character (for rat) on it. All the others do have a Chinese Character for the animal they depict

A Fine Silver Proof (.999) version of the coin was also released in a capsule in a plush red box.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2008  20,359 UNC in Coincard

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